Invesco equalises paid parental leave

Gender-neutral approach to attract and retain talent

Invesco has enhanced its paid parental leave for all new parents, regardless of gender, with 100% full basic salary for 26 continuous weeks

Available to employees across EMEA regions, new parents will be able to take advantage of the new scheme within 12 months of becoming a parent, via birth, adoption or surrogacy, meaning parents can split or share time off with their new additions.

Invesco said the scheme has been backdated to apply to anyone who has become a parent since 1 January 2020 and it has also introduced a phased return to work scheme, where parents can take full pay while working 80% of their normal work hours during the first six weeks after parental leave.

The group has also partnered with gender diversity consultancy Talking Talent who will offer new parents and their managers at Invesco support via individual or group coaching.

Doug Sharp, EMEA CEO at Invesco, said: “Developing a gender-neutral approach to pay and the parenting experience is part of our commitment to encourage equality in the workplace. Being a working parent myself, I understand the need for flexibility. I strongly believe that a firm’s culture is one of the most important considerations for attracting and keeping talent.

“Encouraging and supporting our staff and the teams they work with to feel that Invesco is a place where they can develop their careers and meet their family objectives as well, has been one of the priorities within our diversity and inclusion focus across EMEA.”

Improving gender diversity has been a key priority within the asset management industry over the past few years with many firms realising they need to make their companies more attractive to working parents, and particularly women who have years of experience but feel they cannot return to work after starting a family due to a lack of flexibility.

During the April 2020 round of Gender Pay Gap reporting in the UK, few firms were able to boast improved numbers.

AJ Bell had the smallest pay gap of the firms ESG Clarity’s sister title Portfolio Adviser looked at (a list of 29 asset and wealth management firms that disclosed their numbers for 2019) for the second year running. Legal & General Investment Management also managed to shrink its median pay gap, which fell from 22.8% in 2018 to 19.6% in 2019, while Axa Investment Managers reduced its median gap by 2% to 24.9%.

Merian Global Investors made one of the biggest improvements on closing its gender pay gap, bringing its median figure down 6% to 25%.

However, some astonishing figures were also reported with St James’s Place and Merian reporting a mean gender bonus gap of 84.5% and 90% respectively.

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Natalie Kenway

Natalie is global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist for 16 years. She won Editor of the Year at the Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards 2021, and was Winner...